RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with Jaime Martín and Tommy Tiernan on Culture Night

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with Jaime Martín and Tommy Tiernan on Culture Night

Friday, 17 September 2021, 7.30pm

Comedian and chat show host Tommy Tiernan joins Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for an all-Russian Culture Night concert promising fantasy, fun and fevered emotions.

Host of his own acclaimed RTÉ One chat show and star of Derry Girls, Tiernan will narrate the enchanting story of Peter and the Wolf in its definitive telling by Prokofiev.

A traditional Russian tale about a young boy and his animal friends setting out to capture a wicked wolf, it is a delightful exercise in musical ventriloquism, each character voiced by a different instrument with Peter himself portrayed by strings and a blissfully jaunty melody. An unmissable bedtime story for young and old alike.

One of Tchaikovsky’s most immediate, lyrical and personal compositions, the Fourth Symphony is a masterly, deeply humane work in which the affairs of the head and the heart memorably wrestle. Powered by its bleak preoccupation with fate, it is an epic struggle between dark and light, and one of the greatest of all romantic symphonies.

Written during a period of personal and professional turmoil, the Symphony is driven by the notion of fate – heard in its blazing brass opening, echoed throughout and there again, in excelsis, at the end in one of the most dramatic and thrilling finales to any work in the repertoire.

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